Monday, 29 October 2012

Is Skynet Next Nexus or Next Vex-Us?

It’s the idea that an artificial intelligence, created by our own need to innovate and push the envelope of machine capability, will one day develop on its own in ways.
Science fiction… right?
I guess that depends on your perspective and how far into the future you can see. But either way, there are some truly amazing projects happening today that can only make you excited about the possibilities for the future and maybe just a little weary at the same time.
These are 3 (scary) but truly innovative communications technologies being developed right now…

Project glass

This Google project has had a lot of exposure recently as it offers a glimpse at how technology will further integrate into our daily lives in the very near future. Google best highlights the possible future implementation with this video:

Something to think about: Integrate project glass’s ability to process the context of what a device sees with the innovative industry of robotics.

Carrier IQ

Carrier IQ’s technology provides the capability of monitoring keystrokes, calls, text messages, and location. It’s purpose is purely analytical and to provide service providers the feedback necessary to improve the user experience and troubleshoot issues.
The concern with this technology? Carrier IQ’s tools run in the background, often without the user’s knowledge and what actually gets analyzed is at the discretion of the service provider.
Very powerful and valuable technology but the concern is that at the flip of the switch this capability could create a personalized Big Brother right in your pocket or case.
Read more on Carrier IQ: Engaget provided an informative piece on CarrierIQ.


Gimbal is leading the drive for context aware applications. Gimbal is the context awareness platform developed by Qualcomm, a leader in mobile chipset technology. More than likely you either own or have owned a smart phone powered by a Qualcomm chip.
The Gimbal SDK allows developers of Android and iOS apps to provide a more contextual experience for their users based on the user’s location, habits, and preferences.
Gimbal and similar technologies will allow innovative developers to provide more convenient and intuitive services as well as gain more insight to their user base.
Read more on Gimbal.